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Lainey Wilson Leads The Nominations For 56th Annual CMA Awards

Nominations have been announced for the 56th Annual CMA Awards!

The star-studded show will be hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning and will air live from Nashville November 9th.

The Country Music Association announced the nominees on Wednesday, causing quite the stir in the country music industry.

Not surprisingly, first-time nominee and Louisiana-native Lainey Wilson leads the pack with her 2021 album Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’ making her only the fourth artist in the history of the awards to earn six nominations as a first-time nominee. The Heart Like A Truck singer is up for album of the year, female vocalist of the year, new artist of the year, music video of the year, the musical event of the year, and song of the year.

Lainey Wilson - leads the CMA Award Nominations

“This is my first time being cordially invited to the CMA Awards and what a wonderful invitation it is,” Wilson said in a statement. “It has been such a challenging but beautiful journey up until this point and to see the country music community and the incredible fans be so receptive to me and my music is such a blessing.”

It sounds like the CMA Awards are going to be an epic display of girl power as country queen Miranda Lambert continues her reign as the most nominated female in the awards show’s history with a staggering 61 all-time nominations. Among the nominations for the If I Was A Cowboy singer is “Entertainer of the Year.”

Check out the full list of nominations:

CMA Awards nominees 2022 full list:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

  •  Luke Combs  
  • Miranda Lambert    
  • Chris Stapleton 
  • Carrie Underwood  
  • Morgan Wallen

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

(Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer)

  • “Buy Dirt” – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan
    Producer: Paul DiGiovanni
    Mix Engineer: Jim Cooley
  • “half of my hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini (feat. Kenny Chesney)
    Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins
    Mix Engineer: Dan Grech-Marguerat
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde
    Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
    Mix Engineer: Ryan Gore
  • “’Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson
    Producer: Trent Willmon
    Mix Engineer: Jack Clarke
  • “You Should Probably Leave” – Chris Stapleton
    Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
    Mix Engineer: Vance Powell

ALBUM OF THE YEAR   

(Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s))

  • Growin’ Up – Luke Combs
    Producers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton
    Mix Engineers: Jim Cooley, Chip Matthews
  • Humble Quest – Maren Morris
    Producer: Greg Kurstin
    Mix Engineer: Serban Ghenea
  • Palomino – Miranda Lambert
    Producers: Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall, Mikey Reaves
    Mix Engineer: Jason Lehning
  • Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’ – Lainey Wilson
    Producer: Jay Joyce
    Mix Engineer: F. Reid Shippen
  • Time, Tequila & Therapy – Old Dominion
    Producers: Shane McAnally, Old Dominion
    Mix Engineer: Justin Niebank

SONG OF THE YEAR  

(Award goes to Songwriters)

  • “Buy Dirt”
    Songwriters: Jacob Davis, Jordan Davis, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl”
    Songwriters: Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce
  • “Sand In My Boots” 
    Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, Michael Hardy, Josh Osborne
  • “Things A Man Oughta Know”
    Songwriters: Jason Nix, Jonathan Singleton, Lainey Wilson
  • “You Should Probably Leave”
    Songwriters: Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley, Chris Stapleton

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR  

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Carly Pearce
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Lainey Wilson

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Eric Church
  •  Luke Combs
  • Cody Johnson
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Morgan Wallen

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • Lady
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion
  • Zac Brown Band

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR   

  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • LOCASH
  • Maddie & Tae

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR  

 Award goes to Artist(s) and Producer(s)  

  • “Beers On Me” – Dierks Bentley with BRELAND & HARDY
  • Producers: Dierks Bentley, Ross Copperman
  • “If I Didn’t Love You” – Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood
  • Producer: Michael Knox
  • “Longneck Way To Go” – Midland (featuring Jon Pardi)
  • Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
  • “Never Say Never” – Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson)
  • Producer: Zach Crowell
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde
  • Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

  • Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle
  • Paul Franklin, Steel guitar
  • Brent Mason, Guitar
  • Ilya Toshinskiy, Banjo
  • Derek Wells, Guitar

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR  

 Award goes to Artist(s) and Directors

  • “I Bet You Think About Me” (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault) – Taylor Swift (featuring Chris Stapleton)
  • Director: Blake Lively
  • “Longneck Way To Go” – Midland (featuring Jon Pardi)
  • Director: Harper Smith
  • “Never Say Never” – Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson)
  • Director: Michael Monaco
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde
  • Director: Alexa Campbell
  • “’Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson
  • Director: Dustin Haney

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • HARDY
  • Walker Hayes
  • Cody Johnson
  • Parker McCollum
  • Lainey Wilson

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